30 Years Ago in the Eagle

Looking back at what made the local news three decades ago

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Marco Island’s second annual Summerset Festival, now underway, is exceeding all expectations as virtually all the community turned out for a long weekend celebration. More than a dozen social clubs, organizations and civic groups have volunteered have their talents and time for the various events. Late developments in the Festival include a 22-hour Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, broadcast directly from Marco Island, a Jaws of Life demonstration by the Marco Island Fire Department, using two battered cars and 19 contestants for the beauty pageant.

County Commissioners adopted the controversial flood plain plan amid predictions its implementation will doom Marco Island. Frustrated Marco Island business, real estate and construction leaders made a face-to-face plea to U.S. Rep. L.A. “Skip” Bafalis to seek relied from some of the tough new elevation guidelines. He said he would help anyway he can. “Be prepared for a long, hard fight,” Bafalis told the leaders.

Archeologist dug through centuries of history at Horr’s Island. The study was funded by the Deltona Corp., owner of the island, for $40,000. Besides digging for artifacts, the study includes researching the island and its ownership by Capt. John Horr more than 100 years ago. Archeologists said the island was a veritable jungle earlier this year and it was a botanist’s dream with its native fauna. They also saw tracks of bobcats, lots of gopher tortoises and occasional raccoon. Bird life include bald eagles, osprey, hawks and lot of wading birds. The archeologists work was to explore the sites and recommend that either they should be preserved by building around them, or salvage the data from the sites before development covers them up. Deltona wants to develop the upland portion of Horr’s Island, along with the development of Marco Shores.

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